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Tallahassee turns out to help Ukraine's war victims

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Judy Stone
Among the many local musicians donating their talents to the cause were (l. to r.) Mike Stone and Ric Edmiston.

As the fighting in the Ukraine goes on, concerned Tallahasseeans held a fundraiser to help war victims on Saturday. It took place at the Blue Tavern in Midtown. The benefit featured non-stop music, including this melancholy Ukrainian ballad sung by an actual war refugee.

There was also authentic Ukrainian cuisine, that had folks coming back for more, much to the delight of event organizer Elizaveta Litvak.

"Amazing reaction from Americans! Looks like Tallahassee probably needs a Ukrainian restaurant," she laughed.

But the whole idea was to raise as much cash as possible, cash that Ukrainian relief workers would put to good use.

"Our volunteers right now in Ukraine who are bringing medicine, food, some necessities for people in need right now and who know about actual needs at the moment," Litvak explained.

Those needs are ongoing as the Russian assault on that nation is on the verge of entering its second year.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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